5 Things You Shouldn’t Do in Cairns

5 Things You Shouldn’t Do in Cairns

Cairns is one of the most-visited cities in Australia and that’s because it’s watery backyard consists of the Great Barrier Reef. Whether you’re traveling in your campervan hire or you’ll be staying at a local hotel, rest assured that there is an abundance of things to do in the area, apart from snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef.

It’s a great destination for people from all over and is one of the most beautiful areas in the country. You’ll definitely want to make it a stop on your road trip in a campervan hire. With that being said, there are some things that you want to avoid, so here are 5 things that you shouldn’t do in Cairns:

  1. Don’t go into the swamps unprepared. There are a lot of swamps outside of Cairns and they draw curious tourists to them often. What you want to be aware of is that these swamps are full of crocodiles. It is Australia, after all. Our crocodiles are many and swamps just happen to be a favorite spot for them to hang out at. If you must visit the swamps, stay away from the edge and be prepared. Side note: bring mosquito repellent as well, as they also love the swamps.
  2. Don’t go swimming when there have been reports of jellyfish or sharks. If you’re visiting during a time when there have been shark sightings or information spread about jellyfish being present in the water, take heed. While sharks will most likely not attack, there may be freak accidents from time to time. Jellyfish in these parts can be quite dangerous, as their stings are often fatal if you don’t get medical attention right away. Don’t ignore warnings from the locals—they could save your life.
  3. Don’t touch underwater creatures, especially not the blue-ringed octopus. As pretty or as harmless as an underwater creature may seem when you’re swimming in the beautiful clear waters, don’t touch it. You never know when you could be touching an animal that looks beautiful but is inherently dangerous to touch. Whether or not the animals are dangerous, it’s still a good idea not to touch the reef or marine life, so as not to disrupt their environment.
  4. Don’t go hiking without thick boots. Hiking may be fun in the bush but it’s not so fun if you come in contact with some of Australia’s most dangerous snakes like the Death Adder or the Eastern Brown. You will want to make sure to wear thick-toed boots when exploring the bush to ensure that if you do come in contact with Australian snakes, it’s not your last encounter with a living being.
  5. Don’t disrespect the wildlife. As you can see, most of the dangers presented in Cairns and the surrounding areas has to do with wildlife. It’s Australia, mate. We do have animals that make you wonder if they came from the imagination of some Sci-Fi writer. Unfortunately, they aren’t just a figment of imagination and are very real and so are their threats to your life. With that being said, you should never disrespect the local wildlife. From wearing the proper sunscreen while snorkeling around the Great Barrier Reef to exercising caution when entering the natural habitat of many of the local animals, don’t touch and don’t harm the animals that call this area their home. Practice responsible behavior, such as keeping your trash in a bag and not littering, not touching the coral when swimming in the ocean and certainly not leaving any trace of your presence in the ocean or bush.

In Conclusion

There is a lot to do and a lot of fun to be had in Cairns and it’s surroundings. It’s one reason why this area is very high on many people’s bucket lists. As beautiful as it is and as abundant as the wildlife are in these parts, it can only stay that way through the responsible actions of tourists who show up in Australia.

Understanding that there are dangerous creatures in the area will go far in helping you to respect this area. You want to avoid getting into situations that will put you in harm’s way but you also want to avoid situations that will put the animals in harm’s way as well. Cairns may be a paradise, but you should do your part to keep it that way.

Most of all, treat the area as if it were your own and follow the advice of the locals. Whether you’re staying in your campervan hire near the bush or you’re lounging around at a local beachside hotel, you still want to always pay attention to the do’s and don’ts of the area. As a responsible and ethical traveler, you’ll be able to enjoy a much happier and safer trip than you would otherwise.

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